1. Many brands of deodorant have bad chemicals in them that some people might not be aware of. Some of these include aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine or aluminum compounds. According to Whydontyoutrustthis.com, “there is strong evidence of human neurotoxicity (brain damage) when aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine is airborne.” Avoiding these chemicals isn’t too hard; there are many deodorant brands you can buy without them. Another option if you would rather be chemical free is to make home made deodorant.
2. If you’re trying to stay health conscious you should avoid suntan lotion with the active ingredient Oxybenzonen and other synthetic chemicals. Suntan lotion with active ingredients such as Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide are better for you because they don’t enter your bloodstream unlike Oxybenzonen. Accordong to CNN.com, “the Environmental Working Group says 56% of beach and sport sunscreens contain the chemical oxybenzone” and “the Environmental Working Group and other toxicology experts believe that oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and potentially to cell damage that may lead to skin cancer.”
3. Toothpaste has many chemicals in it that you should avoid, one being Sodium Fluoride which is a by-product of aluminum production. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Triclosan, Propylene Glycol and diethanolamine are known to be linked to illnesses such as cancer. According to Articles.mercola.com, “The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.” Baking soda is a good alternative to toothpaste and there are organic brands of toothpaste which are a good alternative as well.
4. Conventional soap has bad chemicals in it such as Triclosan, Dioxane, Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS), Diethanolamine (or DEA), Formaldehyde, Parabens, PEG-6 or added fragrances. According to Beyondpesticides.org, “Studies have increasingly linked triclosan (and its chemical cousin triclocarban), to a range of adverse health and environmental effects from skin irritation, endocrine disruption, bacterial and compounded antibiotic resistance, to the contamination of water and its negative impact on fragile aquatic ecosystems.” If you want to use a more organic soap, choose soap made with lye, coconut oil, lards or other natural ingredients.
5. When it comes to shampoo you should avoid the chemical Diethanolamine (or DEA). According to livestrong.com, “Minimal use of products containing DEA and its compounds may result in mild eye and skin irritation, but recent research suggests that prolonged exposure can cause much more serious problems, even cancer.” According to Preventcancer.com, “DEA by itself is not harmful but while sitting on the stores shelves or in your cabinet at home, DEA can react with other ingredients in the cosmetic formula to form an extremely potent carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA).”
If you’re trying to stay healthy your best bet is to use organic products. These type of products can be easily purchased at your local store or online.